Low A Dish: Kane County Fights To Stay Perfect

As we did last year, we’ll look around the minors every weekday with the Daily Dish, a supplement to the Baseball America Prospect Report, which is available by e-mail every weekday.


Kane County improved to a still-perfect 10-0 with a 17-inning marathon win, Josh Collmenter had a much better start than his first one and Dellin Betances keeps piling on the strikeouts.


South Bend (Diamondbacks) 11, Quad Cities (Cardinals) 1

Josh Collmenter found himself in a deep hole after giving up nine runs in 3 2/3 innings in his season debut. Collmenter got to work in lowering his 22.09 ERA on Sunday. He was much better in his second start, as he allowed one run and two hits in five innings. But as a sign of how bad his ERA was before, he still sports a 10.38 ERA, although he now is 1-1.

Cedar Rapids (Angels) 9, Lansing (Blue Jays) 5

C.J. Ebarb had one hit in two at-bats for Lansing on Sunday to raise his average to .300. That’s probably not the part of the day he’ll remember. The combination of Ebarb and pitcher Luis Perez led to a continual green light for Cedar Rapids baserunners. The Kernels stole five bases off the duo in just three innings, although Ebarb did nab one potential basestealer.

Beloit (Twins) 8-6, Fort Wayne (Padres) 3-1

In his first start of the season, 20-year-old Brian Kirwin gave up one hit. On Sunday, the Twins righthander gave up two hits in five innings to improve to 2-0, as his ERA climbed to a still outstanding 0.87 to finish off a sweep of Fort Wayne. Chris Parmelee doubled and tripled for the Snappers as the wrapped up a sweep of a doubleheader.

Kane County (Athletics) 2-6, Peoria 1-4 (17)

It took 24 innings, but Kane County managed to find a way to remain undefeated. The Cougars are the only remaining unbeaten team in the minors, thanks to the heroics of Shane Keough and Matt Ray. Kane County won the opener of the doubleheader in rather conventional manner. But the nightcap was a wild affair. Ray drove in four of the six runs, including the second run of a two-run 17th, as Kane County scored he first runs in 12 innings. Keough, an outfielder, started the game as a designated hitter, but ended up moving to the mound in the 14th to pitch a scoreless inning. The game was the longest in Peoria’s O’Brien Field history. It was also notable for being Peoria manager Ryan Sandberg’s first ejection as a manager.


Savannah (Mets) 11, Columbus (Rays) 7

A 7-2 lead with three innings to play seems pretty safe. But Savannah not only rallied from five runs down to beat Columbus, but they only needed two innings to do it. Third baseman Jose Jimenez hit a two-run home run in the seventh and a three-run shot in the eighth to lead the way.

"He’s more of a doubles hitter," said Savannah manager Donovan Mitchell, "but he’s got some power. If he gets his pitch he can turn on it.

John Baird was the pitcher who got pounded–he gave up six runs in one inning.

Augusta (Giants) 10, Lexington (Astros) 4

Angel Villalona’s first home run of the season was an impressive one. Villalona hit a grand slam in the seventh to key a comeback as Augusta rallied from down 3-1 for an easy win.

Lakewood (Phillies) 7, Delmarva (Orioles) 4 (11)

Drew Naylor struck out more than a batter an inning with Williamsport in the New York-Penn League. He’s back at it in the South Atlantic League. Naylor fanned eight in seven innings while walking only one.

Charleston (Yankees) 5, Rome (Braves) 4

Dellin Betances is showing why the Yankees are excited by his potential. Betances struck out seven in five innings as Charleston hung on to beat Rome. In 15 1/3 innings, Betances has now struck out 23. Rome had the winning run at the plate in the ninth, but Jason Heyward flied out to end the game.

Greensboro (Marlins) 12, Asheville (Rockies) 2

Sheng-An Kuo would have been better off staying in bed on Sunday. The 22-year-old righthander allowed seven runs in only 1 1/3 innings as Greensboro cruised to a win.